Cupholders are for cups. They’re designed for cups, they do a great job at holding cups, and they should only be used for cups. Unfortunately, these days cupholders are often conscripted into phone-holding duty, which is certainly less than ideal. Thankfully, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer features a dedicated smartphone holder located in the center console that’s perfect for modern mobile devices.
Before we get into the phone holder in the all-new Chevy Trailblazer, we should first address why cupholders make for such terrible phone holders. Although conveniently placed next to the seat and at arm’s length, cupholders are typically large and round, and definitely not smartphone shaped. As such, they can’t really hold a smartphone in place, and definitely don’t stop the device from moving during cornering, braking or acceleration. What’s more, with a phone in the cupholder, the cupholder can’t be used to actually hold a cup.
The dedicated phone holder in the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer fixes this issue with a simple solution. The latest Trailblazer features a small plastic slot in between the two cupholders in the center console, which is perfectly sized to hold a mobile device securely without placing it out of reach. What’s more, it maintains use of both cupholders at the same time.
We found this feature to be easy and convenient when we reviewed the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer RS on our recent First Drive test.
As a complement, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer also features a small storage “shelf” located just ahead of the front passenger. This shelf comes with a rubberized floor that prevents items from sliding around, and although it is not as secure as the dedicated phone holder in the center console, this shelf could also provide some decent storage for a long journey.
And of course, we can’t forget about the Trailblazer’s inductive charging pad, either. Combined with the optional wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the combo makes for a truly cable-free experience in the cabin.
As a reminder, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer reintroduces the iconic nameplate as an all-new small crossover that slots between the Chevrolet Trax and the Chevrolet Equinox in the automaker’s lineup. Engine options include a pair of turbocharged three-cylinders, including the 1.2L I3 LIH, and the 1.3L I3 L3T. The 2021 Trailblazer rides on the GM VSS-F platform, with production for the U.S. market taking place at the GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea.